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please tell me if there is any side effects while using spirulina externally?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No: Spirulina is chlorophyll-containing aquatic bacteria. It's been promoted for decades as being good for everything with essentially zero evidence. It's your money. If you're intrigued by supplements -- and it's interesting and there's some stuff that's real -- get with an evidence-based holist in your community.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How good for you is spirulina?

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Dr. Stuart Higano
Cardiology 37 years experience
Spirulina: Spirulina, or blue-green algae, has not been shiwn to be effective for a wide range of ailments, and if contaminated, could be harmful. See http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/ medlineplus/druginfo/natural/923.Html for details.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What're the health benefits of spirulina, and are there different types?

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Dr. Stuart Higano
Cardiology 37 years experience
Spirulina: Spirulina, or blue-green algae, has not been shiwn to be effective for a wide range of ailments, and if contaminated, could be harmful. See http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/ medlineplus/druginfo/natural/923.Html for details.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Are there health benefits to the organic spirulina capsules?

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Dr. Stuart Higano
Cardiology 37 years experience
Spirulina: Spirulina, or blue-green algae, has not been shiwn to be effective for a wide range of ailments, and if contaminated, could be harmful. See http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/ medlineplus/druginfo/natural/923.Html for details.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take spirulina?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Unclear: Rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that may help protect cells from damage. It contains b complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin e, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid. Can be contaminated with toxic substances called microcystins and absorb heavy metals from water source. Yet, no studies definitively proving health benefits so best to avoid.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How i find spirulina powder?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Widely available: Spirulina is readily available at health food stores & even pharmacies like walgreen's, as well as from many online sources such as amazon.Com, swanson vitamins & iherb.Com it's not very hard to find some!

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